Directors & Governors

Director Type Date of Appointment
His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios Foundation 1.9.2000
Mr Arthur Broadberry Foundation 1.7.16
Chair of Academy Trust
Mrs Androulla X Tallis Foundation 1.7.16
Vice Chair of Academy Trust
Mr Phillip Prodromou Foundation 1.7.16
Mrs Aredi Christou Foundation 1.7.16
Mrs Sonia Wesley Foundation 1.7.16
Mr Sotiris Yiannaki Foundation 13.9.16
Mr Christos Nestoros Foundation 9.7.18
Mrs Vasoula Baron Headteacher 1.7.12
Mrs Mary Mantilas Teaching staff 20.10.17
Mr Elias Loizou Teaching staff 20.10.17
Ms Vicki Yeats Non teaching staff 21.9.15
Mrs Sophie Tsoukkas Parent 30.9.16
Mr Adrian Prescod Parent 30.9.16
Mrs Ehimwenma Osagiobare Parent 30.9.16
Trustees   Date of Appointment
His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios 1.9.2000
Dr Andreas Andreou   1.9.2000
Dr Andreas Theodorou   1.9.2000
Mrs Anna Hawkins 1.9.2000
Mr Panicos Soteriou 1.9.2000

St Cyprians Governors attendance records 2016-2017

RESPONSE FROM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RE FUNDING CUTS

Arthur Broadberry

ARTHUR BROADBERRY CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

I currently work as a management consultant in engineering and construction industries. In nearly 40 years in construction I have worked as an Operational Director, Engineering Director and Health & Safety Director with leading contractors in the railway industry. I now specialize in the building of collaborative capability between client and contractor businesses.

I am a Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors at St Cyprian's.  My interests include singing church choral music, cycling, gardening and sailing. I have been known to keep fit at the Thornton Heath Leisure Centre in a Step class. I am married and have two young children in KS2 & KS3 plus three older ones in their late twenties. I am a member of St. Stephen’s Church, Warwick Road, Thornton Heath. I support this church on the church council as chair of the Premises Committee and also support the churches of St. Columba’s, Selsdon and St. Mary’s Sanderstead.

 

ANDROULLA TALLIS

ANDROULLA TALLIS

Initially as a Foundation Governor, and now a Trust Director, I have been involved in the governance of St Cyprian’s since its inception. My role has been to support and at times ensure the direction of the educational, religious and cultural aspects of the school. My background is in education, both in public and private establishments. As a secondary school teacher I bring a wide range of experience from selective, special educational needs and schools of various faiths. I have extensive knowledge  of Year 7 transition work as well as KS2,3, GCSE  and A- Level in English, Mathematics, Modern Greek, History of Art &Design, Architecture, Media Studies  and  Business Studies.

At present I am a freelance designer, portrait artist and iconographer. I also support families with children who have learning difficulties, as well as those looking after elderly relatives.

My greatest joy is in supporting St Cyprian’s to continue to offer the best education possible to all our pupils and to know that our rich cultural and religious heritage is shared with the younger generations.

AREDI CHRISTOU

AREDI CHRISTOU

I have been involved with St Cyprian’s since it opened in 2000. Both my children have attended here from Reception to Year 6. They have been extremely happy and are achieving their goals.

I feel passionately about the ethos of the school. Education is our future and being part of the Governing Body for St Cyprian’s gives me the opportunity to advocate excellence in our school.

 

VASOULA BARON - HEADTEACHER

 

I have been in education since 1977. I am married to Chris who is English/French and I have a son, Andrew, who is currently studying Biochemistry at the University of Manchester. I was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1956

VASOULA BARON

VASOULA BARON

 

and arrived in the UK in 1968 on a foggy day; quite a contrast to sunny Cyprus, and I was unable to speak a word of English. I attended Kingsdale Secondary School in Southwark. I then trained as a teacher.

My first teaching post was in Lambeth and indeed I worked in Brixton for over 20 years. I then moved to teach in the boroughs of Wandsworth and Sutton. I have held a variety of posts, such as Deputy Head,

Assistant Head and Key Stage Co-ordinator throughout my career. I served as a teacher governor in all the schools I worked in. I came to St Cyprian's in 2006 as the Deputy Head and became Acting Head in 2013

moving to substantive Headship in 2015. Since childhood, I always had one dream and that was to be a Headteacher. After a long journey, it is a privilege for me to be the Headteacher of this special and unique,

and only Greek Orthodox Academy  in the UK, serving the community of South London.

 

MARY MANTILAS - DEPUTY HEADTEACHER

MARY MANTILAS

 

I first joined St. Cyprian’s Greek Orthodox Primary Academy in 2003 and have taught across all key stages from Reception to Year 6. I am currently enjoying my role as Deputy Headteacher. St. Cyprian’s is an amazing academy, which carefully b

alances outstanding achievement with an ethos based on spiritual values, ensuring every child is treated as an individual and where every achievement is celebrated. I feel privileged to be part of this academy and the St. Cyprian’s Family.

 

At the weekends I particularly enjoy spending time with my family. I have been very happily married for 33 years and am a proud mother, and grandmother of two baby boys.

 

 

SONIA WESLEY

SONIA WESLEY

I have been a governor at St Cyprians Greek Orthodox Primary Academy since March 2014.

Prior to this, I held the position of Vice Chair of Governors at Thornton Heath Primary School for 3 years. 

I am happily married and have 2 amazing children who currently attend the school, and a teenage foster son. I love going on adventures with my family and creating beautiful memories.  

I have been a foster carer since 2010 and have cared for various children and young people aged 0-18 as well as Mother and Baby placements. I also work part time as a teaching assistant in another local school. Working in this field has given me a valuable insight, experience and an opportunity to receive specialised training in understanding and caring for children and young people with various complex needs. I am passionate about the safety and well being of all children and have taken the role of the Designated Safeguarding Governor.  

I am so proud to be a part of the St Cyprians family!'

 

 

PHILIP PRODROMOU

Philip Prodromou

Philip Prodromou

I have been a Foundation governor at St Cyprians Greek Orthodox Primary Academy for several years.

My aim in this very important and privileged role is to govern in a way to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our children to learn, partnered with a stable and secure future for our school. I am very proud to be part of this school that has gone from strength to strength due to its commitment to continual improvement.

I currently hold the position of chair at Bishop Christophoros Greek School and am an active committee member of St Mays Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Camberwell.

I am a proud father of two adopted children who have both successfully attended St Cyprians from reception to year 6.

I am currently a senior customer service engineer in the security industry and have worked in the electronics industry now for 35 years. Other roles during this period include ISO and BSI policy manager, Field engineer team leader and Technical specialist. Customer satisfaction is a requirement not an option.

I am a keen and competitive sportsman and regularly take part in 10km running events to raise money for charities including Cancer research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Pancreatic Cancer UK and Rett UK.

 

 

 

Victoria Yeats

VICTORIA YEATS

I have worked at St Cyprian's since 2005 in a variety of admin roles and I am now the Office Manager. St Cyprian's is a welcoming and inclusive Academy for both staff and children and I feel very much part of the St Cyprian's family.

I am a practising Catholic and a proud mother of two children. I have lived in this area all my life and am of Gibraltarian & English heritage. I am the non-teaching staff governor and was appointed in September 2015.

 

 

 

EHIMWENMA ANNE OSAGIOBARE

EHIWENMA OSAGIOBARE

I was elected as one of the parent governors of St Cyprian Greek Orthodox Academy in 2016. Born and raised in Nigeria where I obtained a degree in English Language and Literary Studies.

As a student I was in the drama and poetry club, I served as the vice president. I won an award as the best stage actress as acting was and still one of my passions. On completion of my degree,

I worked as a producer/presenter in Television station. Later got a job as a proofreader in a Newspaper company. I have taken various responsibilities involving welfare and organisation in all of the places I had worked. My main drive in life is to work with people especially children and youth.

And I would give back to this great school my wealth of experience as I am very proud to be part of this family. I am happily married and I have three children who are also pupils of this school. I currently work as an administrative secretary at NEOS Global Investment. My hobbies are reading, writing, dancing and acting.

 

 

 

 

 

ADRIAN PRESCOD

I work as a Senior Human Resources professional and have done so for the last 15 years in both the Private and Public sector in various organisations ranging from local authorities, NGO’s and Transport.

Adrian Prescod

Adrian Prescod

 

As a CIPD qualified HR Professional, I specialise in career coaching, people management, employee relations and change management etc. I am also a Certified Mediator who deals primarily in

dispute resolution and finding amicable solutions. I also lecture to HR undergraduates at Kingston and Greenwich Universities.

Outside of my professional life, I enjoy drama, writing and most sports with tennis being my favourite. I am also a qualified Lawn Tennis Coach (meaning I can coach the likes of Andy Murray should

the opportunity ever come about).

As a committed Christian, I am actively involved in my local church where I serve as an Elder and a Trustee.

I was elected as a parent governor in 2016 and in spite of the huge commitment in terms of time, I enjoy the role and I am also proud to be part of a successful school that are committed to providing the

local community with the best possible primary school education.

 

Sophia Tsoukkas 

 

I am a Parent Governor at St Cyprian’s, having been elected by the parents of the Academy in 2016.  I enjoy participating in the affairs of the Governing Body and hope to continue to assist the Academy in maintaining its high standards. 

I am married and have son and daughter who both attend St Cyprian’s. 

Sophie Tsoukkas

Sophie Tsoukkas

By way of background, I qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and practised until I went on maternity leave. I specialised in family law and represented clients in various proceedings including divorce, domestic violence, care proceedings and child abduction. My job required me to advocate regularly on behalf of clients in all courts ranging from the Principal Registry of the Family Division right up to the High Court of Justice.  

I am currently enjoying my time as a housewife: this career break has enabled me to partake in voluntary activities for the community, the Academy and various other charities. 

Within the school, I am responsible for the fundraising events by FOSC.  I use my advocacy skills to persuade and encourage other parents to commit their time to helping out at events, as this would mean more funding for the Academy and more resources for the children.  

I regularly fundraise for cancer charities as this is a cause I hold close to my heart. Heading the team on our latest fundraiser campaign, we successfully raised almost £4,200 for Cancer Research UK.  Great fun was had by all participating in the Pretty Muddy 5k run whilst allowing us to reflect on those loved, lost and those continuing in their battle with cancer.  

I am proud to be part of an Academy that provides such a high quality of education whilst nurturing, supporting and accommodating each and every child in their individual capacity to enable them to succeed and flourish individually and as part of the St Cyprian’s family. 

  

My family and I are all practicing members of the Greek Orthodox Church and our faith is of important to us.  I consider it a privilege that my children have the opportunity of understanding their cultural heritage and religion in their daily life at the Academy.

 

Christos Nestoros

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor on July 2018.  This is a new challenge for me and I will endeavour to contribute my time and knowledge to assist the school governance to achieve its ethos and strategic direction.  I am passionate about learning, teaching and development and that the children of St Cyprians Greek Orthodox Primary Academy receive the best possible learning environment and education. I have worked as a Civil Servant for 19 years in various roles and departments

Christos Nestoros

Christos Nestoros

from general case working to drafting witness statements and attending court hearings as a representative for the Home Office.  Since 2009 I have been serving as an Assistant Scientific Officer as a fingerprint examiner.

My daughter currently a pupil in Year 3 and I’d like to say that I am very proud that she attends St Cyprians Greek Orthodox School, learning and following the Greek Orthodox faith.

On my personal side, I like to spend as much possible time with my family, visiting various museums, watching films and dog walking.

DR ANDREAS ANDREOU

DR ANDREAS ANDREOU (Trustee)

Andreas Andreou is one of the founding members of St Cyprian Greek Orthodox Academy. He was chair of the Temporary Governing Body in 2000 whilst the appointment of the Head and staff was taking place. He has acted as Vice chair for a number of years and as from September 2013 he became chair of the Governing Body. He has been instrumental in the conversion of the school into an academy in 2011 He has been in education all his professional life, a College Principal and currently an Assistant Head teacher at Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School. 

Andreas enjoys participating in community affairs and is presently the Chair of the Greek Orthodox Church of St Constantine & St Helen.

 

ANNA HAWKINS

ANNA HAWKINS (Trustee)

 

Professional and Personal Profile:

A skilled and creative Sales and Marketing Director, with over 30 years experience in business-to-business sales, marketing and project management. Possesses a proven track record in generating new business. Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with a diverse range of people, and has excellent public speaking and presentation skills.  Builds strong client relationships, and is able to manage client accounts to meet their expectations.

Apart from my considerable business experience over many years - I have engaged in community activity and served on Croydon Council as an elected ward Councillor for 16 years dealing with constituency work – mainly planning, social and housing issues – I took a close and personal interest in education, including the promotion and retention of Croydon’s special schools. Being of Greek origin my personal interest was to lead a team to use a redundant Croydon school building (St Cyprians) as a voluntary aided Greek Orthodox primary school. There had been for many years a strong Greek Orthodox community (mainly from Cyprus) in Croydon and the surrounding area, and evidence of this has been the taking over of a redundant church in Upper Norwood to serve as a community centre and place of worship (Saints Constantine and Helen in Westow Street).

The school project had many obstacles to overcome, and was breaking new ground because at the time it was the only Greek Orthodox primary school in the United Kingdom, and the promotion team needed to get the financial support of the Archdiocese (both in London and in Cyprus) and the agreement of the local council to release the redundant building and agree to voluntary aided status. The formal approval of the then Department of Education and Science in Whitehall also had to be obtained.  I organized and took part in a number of meetings of the Cypriot community, officers of the council together with Whitehall officials and the media. I went to Cyprus on three occasions to seek financial and other support. The school (St Cyprian’s) was finally opened, and is proving to be popular not just among the Greek Orthodox community but also among the local community. It is now regarded as a successful school, and is oversubscribed. I have served on its Governing Body since it opened in 2000 and currently serve on the Personnel & Pay and Audit committees with a link role in marketing the Academy.

I am very proud that Cyprus has made history in our British Education system and how the School has developed and performed over the years to date.

In 2006 the London Borough of Croydon awarded me the distinguished Roll of Honorary Alderman in  recognition of long and valued public service as an elected Councillor.

Family and Interests: 

Married to Ken and have lived in Croydon for 37 years.

Love going to theatre, swimming, snorkeling and retail therapy in the name of research!

What other people say:

Street wise and caring with a thing about shoes, spending an unhealthy amount of time surfing the internet.

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